When mob frenzy becomes irrational, we have to pause and reflect: President Mukherjee on lynchings

Mob lynching: Speaking at the release of commemorative publication of National Herald, President Mukherjee said, "I am not talking of vigilantism, I am talking of are we vigilant enough, proactively to save the basic tenets of our country."

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 1, 2017 9:49 pm
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In the wake of growing number of mob lynching cases in India, President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday asked whether the society is vigilant enough to save the basic tenets of the country. “When mob lynching becomes so high and uncontrollable, we have to pause and reflect, are we vigilant enough?,” Mukherjee was quoted as saying by ANI.

Speaking at the release of commemorative publication of National Herald, President Mukherjee said, “I am not talking of vigilantism, I am talking of are we vigilant enough, proactively to save the basic tenets of our country.”

Mukherjee inaugurated the programme in the presence of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

Recently, the country witnessed widespread protests across various locations under the tagline “Not in My Name” to protest against a streak of mob lynching incidents in the country. The lynching of 15-year-old Junaid Khan in a Mathura-bound train last week was the genesis of the flashpoint.

A day after nationwide protests against lynchings spilled on to the streets, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on Thursday broke his silence at Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat and said killing people in the name of gau bhakti (devotion to the cow) is not acceptable. He also said Mahatma Gandhi would not have approved of it and that no person in the country has the right to take the law into his own hands.

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    chakm
    Jul 2, 2017 at 7:02 am
    What the people need to know is where this Gau Bhakti has emanated from......there is no mention of this misinformed doctrine in any one of the authoritative religious texts. The only solution to this misinformed belief can rid the country of this reprehensible malady of violence. Nothing else can.
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      John
      Jul 2, 2017 at 5:38 am
      Speeches make no differences Action do.
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        RS
        Jul 2, 2017 at 5:00 am
        Dear Mr President, you are so far off the mark here. Your statement that, "When mob frenzy becomes irrational, we have to pause and reflect" This is such a cowardly statement to make. What needs to happen is to find the guilty and prosecute them according to the law. Instead Sir you are asking for reflection! You being a Hindu Sir, have given a typical Hindu response not much unlike that of L.K. Advani would have given. It is our belief that your words would have been very different, had the lynching of Hindus taken place at the hands of the Muslims. You Sir, would be asking for ACTION and not REFLECTION. Here is the truth Mr. President, MOB FRENZY is ALWAYS IRRATIONAL, it does not need or require any reflection, it require ACTION. But in India, it is apparent that the action is only taken when it is to protect the HINDUS. For the rest of Indians, well, it is just tough luck.
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          CClements
          Jul 2, 2017 at 7:46 am
          These barbaric incidents can only stop if the saner elements of the Hindu community condemn such atrocities. I doubt if Modi and his cohorts ever care for the cow. He has used cow slaughter to unify Hindus only for political power and nothing more or less. India is in the throes of becoming yet another pariah state.
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          Chetan More
          Jul 2, 2017 at 4:30 am
          lift beef ban rather than do all rhetorical circus.
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            Avinash
            Jul 2, 2017 at 1:42 am
            President Mukherjee Sahibji, people regardless of their personal feelings must follow the law of the land. Slaughtering of cows has been legally banned all across the country. That is the law. RiGHT. Why is it then that a certain segment within the political class keep encouraging the violation of this legal mandate? Should these people not be penalized for supporting illegal acts.
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              Syed Asif
              Jul 2, 2017 at 12:41 am
              : m.hindustantimes /india-news/bjp-leader-arrested-in-muslim-trader-s-lynching-case-prime-accused-surrenders/story-wLXhTA3eIlrPUEGjwGdDQM
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                ABC
                Jul 2, 2017 at 12:35 am
                If this same statement was made by a celibrity or intellectual, he/she would be b ed as anti-national, sickluar, press ute, etc. This is the extent of double standards adopted by self proclaimed, mindless nationalists.
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                  ak dev
                  Jul 2, 2017 at 1:13 am
                  If you are not nationalist, you must be anti-nationalists and traitor.
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                  sanjay dhamdhere
                  Jul 2, 2017 at 12:30 am
                  Only words not action.what is use of this
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                    ak dev
                    Jul 2, 2017 at 1:14 am
                    He will be retiring after fews days. Why to worry about him.
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